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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

New estimating equation approaches with application in lifetime data analysis Seminar

Social Statistics and Demography
14 March 2013
Building 54 room 10037

Event details

Statistics Research Thursday Seminar Series

Estimating equation approaches have been widely used in statistics inference. Important examples of estimating equations are the likelihood equations. Since its introduction by Sir R. A. Fisher a century ago, maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) is still the most popular estimation method used for fitting probability distribution to data, including fitting lifetime distributions with censored data. However, MLE may produce substantial bias and even fail to obtain valid confidence intervals when data size is not large enough or there is censoring data. In this paper, based on nonlinear combinations of order statistics, we propose new estimation equation approaches for a class of probability distributions, which are particularly effective for skewed distributions with small sample sizes and censored data. We even extend the method to parameter estimation under regression-type of simple step-stress model in accelerated life testing.

Speaker information

Dr Keming Yu , Brunel University . Reader in Statistics

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